Valerie Edwards was born in Antigua into a musical family. Her first music teacher was her mother, Mrs Eunice Edwards, who began instructing Valerie on the piano at the tender age of 3 years. She was then introduced to the violin at age 5, being taught locally by Mrs Vanessa Ravanello.
At the age 8, she heard the deeper, richer sound of the cello while attending a concert with her mother at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England and chose to switch to that instrument. Her cello tutelage continued while at boarding schools in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent, England and in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
She then attended the University of Miami, Florida, gaining a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology, all the while continuing her musical education with Professor Ross Harbaugh. She played in the University of Miami’s Symphony Orchestra from 1992 to 1996.
She returned to Antigua after completing her studies at the University of Miami, and re-vitalized the family farm at Five Islands’ Estate. She is the first person in Antigua to be certified in artificial insemination in cattle, and to date, is the only person to have successfully transferred embryos from one animal to the next.
In 2005, she received her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados.
She received her Associate diploma from the Trinity College London (ATCL) in Recital in Cello in 2011, as well as her Diploma in Music Teaching from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) in 2016. She is currently working towards attaining her Licentiate Diplomas from Trinity College London (LTCL) and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM), again in Recital Cello and Music Teaching, both of which should be completed by the summer of 2018.
Having a science background through her microbiology, Ms Edwards taught physics and mathematics at the Antigua Grammar School (AGS) from October 2014 to December 2015.
She formed the Young People’s Orchestra in 2012, and then the Antigua String Orchestra in 2016 with the sole intention of providing a platform for the children of Antigua and Barbuda whereby they will gain the needed exposure for their musical development. She collaborates with her ex-violin teacher, Mrs Ravanello, with playing in concerts, weddings and funerals, in the Antigua String Quartet. Ms Edwards teaches the piano, violin, viola, cello and music theory, as well as mathematics, biology and physics.